Exposure To Blue Light Has Its Risks
By Monica Allison, O.D.
Stone Oak Vision Source
If you’re like many Americans, your tablet and smart phone has become an indispensible part of your day. In fact, a recent report found that Americans spend almost 2 ½ hours on their tablets and smart phones every day, and children can spend up to 7.5 hours per day! Have you ever thought about the impact digital devices could have on the eyes?
There’s a pretty good chance that the screen of your beloved tablet is powered by LED (light-emitting diode) lights. While it certainly saves energy, prolonged exposure to the light emitted from LED technology could be bad for your eyes. The light from LEDs exists in the blue and violet end of the visible-light spectrum. This “blue light,” is the most intense form of light visible to the human eye, and new studies have shown that prolonged exposure can impact your eyes and vision. Here’s what you need to know:
- Exposure to blue light can cause significant damage to retinal cells.
- Your risk of age related macular degeneration is increased with exposure to blue light.
- Prolonged exposure to blue light can aggravate symptoms of epilepsy and migraines.
- Some evidence suggests that prolonged exposure to blue light may reduce the retinas’ sensitivity to color.
Luckily, there’s no need to end your relationship with your digital device. Reduce your risk of side effects by incorporating these simple steps into your everyday digital routine:
- Avoid prolonged work on a tablet.
- Protect your children’s eyes with Prevencia during screen time.
- Schedule an annual eye exam to find out if you’re at risk for over-exposure to blue light and diseases including age-related macular degeneration.
- Talk to your eye doctor about Crizal® Prevencia™ lenses. They’re specifically designed to protect eyes from harmful blue light and UV rays.
- Because our children are exposed to technology throughout the day with smart phones and tablet use, it is recommended to have protection during this exposure. Even if they have no prescription or a very minimal one, we now recommend Prevencia for all children to have while using any of these devices.
We will be having a Sunglass showcase for summer and also promoting the Prevencia protection as well on JUNE 12, 2015. Come by and see all the new styles. We never have sales tax on our sunglasses and we’ll be having special promotions to help protect the eyes of Stone Oak!
Feel free to call or come by Stone Oak Vision Source and visit with our doctors or staff and ask about Prevencia for you and your family. 19202 Stone Oak Parkway #106, 210-495-9020.
Drs. Monica Allison and Lindsey Denison practice at Stone Oak Vision Source located at 19202 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste. 106. All of the doctors are members of Vision Source, the nation’s number one network of private practice optometrists. Founded in 1991, the Vision Source network includes more than 2,100 offices in all 50 states and Canada. If you or a loved one needs to find a family eye doctor, please call (210) 495-9020 or visit www.visionsource-stoneoak.com.